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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
May 21, 2013 12:35 am
First For you: First Coast News, partnering with Red Cross, will be holding a phone bank on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. to collect donations for the devastated ...
May 21, 2013 12:09 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the nation continues to react to the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma, social media is helping locals here along the First Coast find their friends and family there.
May 20, 2013 11:41 pm
Hours in travel, thousands in legal fees, and all the heartache one family can handle. A First Coast couple trying to adopt a child from South Carolina say they feel like their baby has been taken fr...
May 20, 2013 10:17 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Alligator Farm may be one of the most quintessential Florida tourist destinations.
May 20, 2013 9:47 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- In the 2009, the economy tanked, leaving millions of Americans unemployed. During that time, a couple that took their losses and turned them into gains for thousands of home...
May 20, 2013 9:03 pm
STARKE, Fla---A two-year-old has been reunited with his family after he went missing for about an hour and a half Monday morning.
May 20, 2013 8:39 pm
First Coast News recently aired some wonderful footage of the Beatles' visit to Jacksonville in 1964.
May 20, 2013 8:20 pm
PALATKA, Fla. -- First Coast news is almost done giving away money through the Hero Next Door Student Scholarship program.
May 20, 2013 8:01 pm
JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- Nika Williams, 24, earns less than $15,000 a year, and loves her pets. Williams said given her small income, the decision of when to buy pet food for her four pe...
May 20, 2013 7:47 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- But, according to city law, he can't sell beer because his business is too close to a church.
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
May 21, 2013 4:00 am
Universal Orlando raised ticket prices once again over the weekend, becoming the first of Orlando's big theme park operators to lift base prices above $90.
May 20, 2013 4:13 pm
It's going to feel a bit like summer today - hot and humid with a chance of afternoon storms.
May 20, 2013 3:58 pm
The first details of the new Broward County sheriff's budget have emerged: He's asking for a $93.7 million increase in spending, or 14 percent more than was approved last year. &...
May 20, 2013 3:25 pm
Some buyers are solving housing woes with prose.
May 20, 2013 3:25 pm
Check for unclaimed property found in safe deposit boxes -- before June 8 when Florida auctions off more than 76,000 items turned over to the state.
May 20, 2013 3:21 pm
The veto could prompt lawmakers to fight it out in the courts.TALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $368 million in lawmaker pet-projects Monday and blocked a 3 percent tuition hike for Florida colleges...
May 20, 2013 3:07 pm
A woman trying to save her poodle from being sruck by traffic in front of her home Sunday was hit by a car that did not remain at the crash, Fort Lauderdale police said. &...
May 20, 2013 12:34 pm
A Tamarac woman has been indicted for her alleged involvement in a fraudulent guest workers scheme by the U.S. Department of Justice.
May 20, 2013 12:30 pm
Crashes and other incidents being reported on area roadways Monday morning by the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Transportation include:
May 20, 2013 11:31 am
Clermont cops are investigating a complaint by a 24-year-old woman who claimed that as she finished tanning and was about to get dressed she spotted a man's arm holding a camera phone hanging over her...
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